Workshop Descriptions

All workshops are held at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. State/MLK,Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY
All workshops are FREE. To register click here.

Tuesday, September 19
2:00-3:30 pm

End of Life Planning and Care

Presenter: Emilee K. Lawson Hatch, Attorney, Bousquet Holstein PLLC

Emilee Lawson Hatch, a local attorney, will lead a discussion to provide you with information about how to make sure your wishes are known, and how to honor the wishes of your loved ones.  We will discuss how to:

  • Communicate your end-of-life wishes
  • Help your loved ones prepare
  • Help you and your family feel confident with your plan
  • Make life easier on your health care proxy and loved ones
  • Be an effective health care proxy and make decisions for someone with diminished capacity


Thursday, November 9
2:00-3:30 pm

The Mistaken Indictment of Aging in Disease
Muscle's Role in Cancer, Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Dementia: What Can Be Done?

Presenter: William Y. Shang, MD

In our present epoch, we easily mistake aging for the seemingly inevitable decline that accompanies the passage of time. Just as unnoticed is the peculiar clustering of osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and dementia in patients. Sarcopenia, a disease of skeletal muscle, has been strongly correlated with all these diseases. In recent years, studies have uncovered the unsung metabolic role of muscle. Learning to apply resistance exercise as part of a structured exercise routine can treat elevated glucose, blood pressure, and chronic systemic inflammation, prevent, delay the onset and treat osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and dementia. In this workshop, Dr. Shang will discuss the “how” and “why” of exercise and share some specific training tips to get our bodies back on track.


Thursday, December 7
2:00-3:30 pm

Frailty Syndrome

Presenter: Anne M. Reilley, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, Cayuga Medical Center

Frailty is a common clinical syndrome in older adults that carries an increased risk for poor health outcomes including falls, incident disability, hospitalization, and mortality.  Often, frailty etiology is complex and multifactorial and requires a multifactorial treatment approach. This workshop will include information on signs and symptoms of frailty syndrome, common treatment approaches.  The role of physical therapy and a wellness treatment approach will be emphasized with a short section for practice and demonstration of a few helpful exercises to combat against frailty syndrome.